Experience Adelaide to the full with these top car hire deals.
It’d be easy to anchor yourself to the city centre on a trip to Adelaide. Its festivals, galleries and bars make it hard to leave.
Hire a car though and within a few revolutions of the wheels you could find yourself in wine country, walking the foothills of a mountain range or unfurling on a blond sand beach.
Before you start the ignition there are a few things you need to know.
Top Adelaide car hire deals
Road rules: What to know about driving in Adelaide
On the whole, driving is pretty straightforward in Adelaide. Drivers use the left side of the road and there are no toll roads to worry about. If you use common sense and brush up on the following tips your road trip around the city should go without a hitch.
- Stay wider of the rider. Drivers are required to give cyclists a berth of at least one metre when passing them on roads with speed limits of 60km/h or less. On faster roads drivers must stay 1.5 metres from the rider.
- Speed restrictions. A couple of additional speed restrictions apply in Adelaide. Drivers must not go faster than 25km/h if they are overtaking a school bus or passing a stationary emergency services vehicle with flashing lights.
- Overtaking on the left. Drivers may overtake other vehicles using both the left- and right-hand lanes on multi-lane roads in Adelaide.
Popular Adelaide driving routes
- Adelaide to the Barossa Valley. Drive north-east of Adelaide for about an hour and you’ll reach the Barossa Valley. It’s the region responsible for some of Australia’s best wines. There are more than 150 vineyards, cellar doors and tasting rooms to visit here, as well as farmers markets and field to fork restaurants. Book an overnight stay so you can park the hire car and sample the produce.
- Adelaide to the Fleurieu Peninsula. Follow the M2 south of the city for 90 minutes and you’ll arrive at the Fleurieu Peninsula. This lozenge of land is hemmed in on three sides by a coast of biscuity beaches and snorkelling hotspots. Its centre is a canvas of vineyards and orchards.
- Adelaide to the Murray River. It takes about three hours to drive from Adelaide to the Murray River National Park. Once there, you’ll be rewarded with wilderness. There are creeks to kayak, walking trails that weave their way past rivers, and an A to Z of wildlife to spot.
Frequently asked questions about car hire
- Who offers cheap car hire from Adelaide airport? Car hire desks are located near the baggage claim area at Adelaide airport. Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Redspot all have a presence there.
- I'm on my provisional licence. Can I drive in Adelaide? Most car hire companies require you to have a full licence to rent a car in Adelaide. Redspot is one of the best-known brands that offers P-plate holders the opportunity to rent a car.
- How does car insurance work? Hire cars come with basic insurance. Excess is often very high on the provided policies, however. Rental companies will charge you extra to lower the excess amount. Before committing, you can compare your options on our car hire rental excess page.